Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies - Samuel Johnson

Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

By Samuel Johnson

  • Release Date: 1784-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature


Dr. Johnson's Preface to Shakespeare is one of the most famous critical essays of the eighteenth century, and yet too many students have forgotten that it is, precisely, a preface to the plays of Shakespeare, edited by Dr. Johnson himself. That is to say, the edition itself has been obscured or overshadowed by its preface, and the sustained effort of that essay has virtually monopolized scholarly attention—much of which should be directed to the commentary. Johnson's love for Shakespeare's plays is well known; nowhere is this more manifest than in his notes on them.